Thumb sm
Seaweed Pickers in Peru
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Every day local men and women from Pacasmayo (Peru) spread along the shore of the town and wade into the ocean. They are collecting mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed. Mococho is used for Peru's traditional ceviche and also for medicine. One kilogram of mocacho is sold for 3 to 4 soles (around 1 dollar). In 2-3 hours men and women can collect between 5 and 20 kilograms. Occasionally they also catch octopuses and use them for ceviche as well.

“It’s quite an easy job and I earn enough to support my family. I spend 3 hours a day working in the ocean and then I can stay with my kids for the rest of the day,” says Claudio, 30, who is doing this job together with his brother Luis for over 15 years. “In the winter we freeze here after a couple hours in the cold water and there is significantly less mococho because of the lower temperature,” says Marilu, 47. “But I don’t complain, I like to spend time in the water,” she adds smiling.
FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 38
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

A local woman collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 39
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu (47) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.
Marilu doesn't have a mask that would help to see underwater, so she just covers herself from the sun and goes into the water to collect seaweed gropingly. She spends 2-3 hours in the water everyday over 15 years to later sell the seaweed and support her family with three children.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 40
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

A local woman collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 41
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

A local woman collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 42
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 44
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 43
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

A local woman collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 25
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Alberto fixes the net bag while Marilu and her friends are eating fried corn and talk before the work.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 24
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Alberto (26) fixes the net bag before going into the ocean for the seaweed.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 26
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu and her friends sit on the beach before work. They are waiting for higher tide before getting into the water.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 27
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Alberto fixes the net bag before going into the ocean for the seaweed, meanwhile his friends are eating fried corn - a popular snack in Peru.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 28
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Seaweed collectors wait for high tide before getting into the water.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 29
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Barny sits on the beach before going into the ocean.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 30
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

A local woman comes to the beach to collect seaweed.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 31
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu (47) dresses up before getting into the ocean. She wears old sneakers to protect her feet while in the water.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 32
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu (47) and her friend dress up before getting into the ocean.They hand net bags on their waists to put the seaweed in.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 33
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

A local woman dresses up before getting into the ocean.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 34
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

While locals work in the ocean collecting mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru, foreigners come here in search of waves. Surfing and windsurfing conditions are perfect in the area attracting travellerss from Australia, France, Brasil, Argentina and other countries.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 35
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu (47) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.
Marilu doesn't have a mask that would help to see underwater, so she just covers herself from the sun and goes into the water to collect seaweed gropingly. She spends 2-3 hours in the water everyday over 15 years to later sell the seaweed and support her family with three children.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 37
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu (47) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.
Marilu doesn't have a mask that would help to see underwater, so she just covers herself from the sun and goes into the water to collect seaweed gropingly. She spends 2-3 hours in the water everyday over 15 years to later sell the seaweed and support her family with three children.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 36
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
02 Jun 2015

Marilu (47) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.
Marilu doesn't have a mask that would help to see underwater, so she just covers herself from the sun and goes into the water to collect seaweed gropingly. She spends 2-3 hours in the water everyday over 15 years to later sell the seaweed and support her family with three children.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 02
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barny (29) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.
Behind Barny there is a lighthouse, where surfers gather for famous waves.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 03
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

A lighthouse stands in a remote Pacasmayo beach, where surfers from all around the world gather for famous waves.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 04
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barny (29) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 05
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barny (29) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 06
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barny (29) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Barny uses stone belt to keep him underwater. He says he prefers using stones instead of weight belt because it's cheaper and he doesn't have to worry about loosing it.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 07
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Luis (34) wades into the ocean to collect mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 08
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Luis (34) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Luis uses stone belt to keep him underwater. He says he prefers using stones instead of weight belt because it's cheaper and he doesn't have to worry about loosing it.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 09
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Mococho (the brown seaweed) is used for Peru's traditional ceviche and also for medicine. One kilo is sold for 3-4 soles (around one dollar). In two hours men and women can collect 5-20 kilos of mococho.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 10
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Luis (34) has collected around 20 kilos of mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in about three hours. One kilo will be sold for around one dollar and will be transported to Lima or other countries.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 12
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Luis hand's are dried out after three hours in the salty water.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 11
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Claudio (30) has collected around 20 kilos of mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in about three hours. He also found an octopus which will be used for ceviche for dinner.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 13
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Claudio (30) rests on the shore and eating the mococho seaweed he has been collecting for three hours.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 15
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Luis uses old rubber shoes to protect his feet while searching the shoreline for seaweed.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 16
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Luis, Barny and Claudio rest on the shore after a three hour seaweed picking. They come to the beach everyday around 10am and work here until 1pm. They say the job is quite easy and they can make enough money to support their families.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 17
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barney checks out the octopus Claudio caught while collecting seaweed. It will be used for Ceviche.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 18
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barny collected around 20 kilograms of mocacho seaweed and he will get around 80 soles (~26 dollars) for it.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 19
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Brothers Claudio and Luis change clothes after seaweed picking in the ocean.

Thumb sm
Peru's Seaweed Pickers 20
Pacasmayo, Peru
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Jun 2015

Barny, Claudio and Luis ride motorbikes to get around and to carry their seaweed.